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Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) is delighted to announce the appointment of experienced educational leader Mrs Terrie Jones as its new Principal, after an extensive national and international search.

Terrie, who is currently the Head of St Michael’s Grammar School, a leading K-12 Anglican school in Melbourne, will commence in her role as the 16th Principal at CGGS in October 2022.

Terrie previously held the positions of Deputy Principal, Head of Learning Innovation at Ravenswood School for Girls in Sydney, and Director of Service Learning at Abbotsleigh. She commenced her teaching career in the NSW Government School sector before commencing her career in independent girls’ schools with roles at Methodist Ladies’ College Melbourne and Pymble Ladies’ College (Sydney).

Terrie is an advocate for learning and wellbeing systems that support and enable students to develop confidence and thrive socially, emotionally and academically, whilst discovering their strengths and interests in school and beyond.

She believes that schools have a very important role to play in the provision of learning environments that foster an acceptance and celebration of diversity, and encourage students as creators of a global future filled with hope and promise.

Terrie said she is honoured to become Canberra Girls Grammar School’s Principal at such an exciting time for the School, which will be celebrating its Centenary in 2026.

‘Canberra Girls Grammar School is a well-respected educational institution in Canberra, nationally and globally and it is my privilege to have the opportunity to lead such a strong, resilient school community at this stage in its history,’ she said.

‘I look forward to working with the staff to continue to support and enable students to develop confidence and thrive socially, emotionally and academically, while discovering their strengths and interests in school and beyond.’

Mrs Sue Hart, Chair of the Board, said Terrie’s vast experience in single-sex girls’ schools and in coeducational contexts will greatly benefit the girls, boys and young women at Canberra Girls Grammar.

‘Terrie is a strong advocate for the voices of young people and is committed to educational experiences that empower and enrich their lives so that they realise their potential and lead full and meaningful lives,’ Mrs Hart said. ‘The Board is confident that Terrie’s vision, leadership and strong track record at a range of schools will guide Canberra Girls Grammar into the next stage of growth and development.’

Terrie has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Modern History, a Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education, a Master of Education and, has partially completed her Master of Business Administration.

She enjoys reading, walking in nature, the creative and performing arts, and engaging with a diverse range of perspectives.

She succeeds Mrs Anna Owen, who stepped down in December after three years in the role. Ms Julie Jorritsma, who has been Acting Principal since January 2022 will continue in the role until the arrival of Terrie, with whom she will work collaboratively, ensuring a smooth transition until the end of the school year.

Everyone at Canberra Girls Grammar School – the Board, the Executive team, staff and families – looks forward to welcoming Terrie to our school community!


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